Interesting week with Dzeko, who we’d written off a year ago, but who’s bucked his ideas up and now looks good value for his new deal, and we’re getting them all sorted.
Mario to Liverpool, and wouldn’t it be orrible if he went there and did well. Not sure what his disciplinary record has been at Milan, but just like Joey Barton before him, the red mist will undoubtedly descend again at some point.
Went down to the ground today to hopefully pick up the Manchester City, A Backpass Through History book but they didn’t stock it in the shop.
Had a wander round to try and suss out our selling points at the South stand. As I’ve said previously Andy and Steve have now retired, Peter’s not too well and neither is Tom, but hopefully they’ll both be OK for Monday night. If anyone out there fancies doing an hour before the game it will be appreciated.
Not much progress apparent on the South stand since last week so not sure how it will fill up.
Safe standing looks like a real possibility now, so maybe we won’t need to do anything with the North stand.
Malky MacKay had been bantering by text we’re informed and is in all sorts of trouble – I thought banter was a two way thing to qualify. We await further developments. Oh and van Gaalling reckoned he was the King of Manchester. Erm no, Stretford maybe but Manchester never. He did make me laugh though when he said he was a nice man.
Liverpool then, our fiercest rivals, and here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK216 -
1)MONDAY AUGUST 25TH LIVERPOOL (HOME) KO 8.00 PM
Last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990 (who’d’ve thought we’d win it twice before them?) Recent connections : Kolo Toure, Daniel Sturridge. 157th league meeting.
Some celeb fans: John Bishop, Ricky Tomlinson, Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie, Cilla Black, Samuel L Jackson, Ian Beale (Eastenders), Daniel Craig, Mike Myers,
Last season : They had the title sown up, the shirts printed, and the parade organised – flying high in April, shot down in May, but that’s life!
They finished 2nd with 84 points and 10 wins 5 draws and 4 losses away from home.
In the Capital One Cup they lost 1-0 at the Swamp to the rags in the 4th round.
In the FA Cup they lost unluckily 2-1 at Arsenal in the 5th rd.
At the Etihad in December it was a 2-1 City win. Coutinho (24) opened for the moaning scousers but Kompany (31) and the Beast (45) won it for us, as unusually we didn’t score at the North stand in the second half. Crowd was 47,351 with 2,726 red scouse.
At Anfield in April, it was that heartbreaking 3-2 loss as Liverpool took the title, prematurely, and Rodgers became manager of the year/decade..
Liverpool went 2 up through Sterling (6) and Skrtel (26), but City came back through Silva (57) and Johnson (OG 62) Coutinho (77) clinched it after a Vinny slice. Henderson was sent off near the end and the crowd
We also played em in a friendly in the USA in a 2-2 draw but we lost out on penalties. After which, Rodgers was named manager of the season for 2014/15
Transfers so far : Alberto, Ngoo, Sama and Suarez have gone and Lambert, Lallana, Can, Marquilla, Moreno, Origi, and Markovic, approx. £70M spent. .
This season so far : They had a narrow win over Saints, their feeder team, 2-1 at Anfield.
League form at City : In the last 8 games we’ve won 3 drawn 4 and lost just once : WDWWDLDD
Comment :. Despite the apologists (Reade, Dalglish, Dunn etc) coming out in force they finally got shut of Suarez. Plenty of new signings, but will they gel? Their despicable behaviour at last year’s game may have repercussions today, and whilst the Stevie Gerrard song will get an airing, hopefully it won’t come back to bite us in the bum!
Justice for the 96. Still.
Wwtwtwshite : Av’d 22,742 in 31/32, and last season it was 44,668.